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Thoughts on This Week’s Lectionary Readings

Thoughts on This Week’s Lectionary Readings: (thanks to Roy Cowin)

John 10: 22-30

Anniversaries provide a good reason to gather to reflect, reminisce, and realign our focus. It is sometimes a temptation to focus on the institution of the church, rather than on the Shepherd. To recognise the voice of the Lord requires listening and discerning, as many voices are competing for our attention. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who has the welfare of His flock as top priority, so we are wise to follow His voice as He leads us to the best outcome.

Acts 9: 36-43

There are many beautiful humble people who bear the fruit of goodness wherever they are. Their lives enrich the lives of others, so when they become the one in need, specially gifted people are sought to enable the best outcome. In this reading, Peter is brought into a situation of great grief and loss. He seeks God’s help and is used to restore life and health to Tabitha (Dorcas). The Church is blessed by humble servants who seek to model themselves on our Lord, and anointed leaders such as Peter.

Revelation 7: 9-17

Our vision of Church may be short sighted if we just concentrate on what we see in local congregations. The real Church is global and universal, and includes heaven and earth; but its focus is on Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It includes the saints – the living who commit themselves to being living sacrifices in service to our Lord, those who have died in Christ, and those who have died because of their allegiance to Christ, who now share victory forever with the great Shepherd who continues to give Life to all who love and serve Him.

BULLETIN INSERT   Lismore Anglican Parish

7.30am Lismore, 10am Dunoon Sun 21st April 2013

John 10:22-30     22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all else, and no one can snatch them from the hand of the Father. 30The Father and I are one.”

 

Acts 9:36-43       36Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. 38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” 39So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. 41He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. 42This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

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